Holy Land Bible Tours
Where the Bible Comes Alive
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WE ARE ADDING A 2018 BIBLE TOUR!
DATES WILL BE POSTED SOON.
We have just returned from our 10th tour to Israel with a fabulous group of people, exploring God's land, His Word and meeting His people. Our lives have been forever changed as we walked where Jesus walked, stood where the ark of the covenant was in Shiloh and learned about the history and Biblical significance of these places. Hope you will prayerfully consider joining us for our next tour in Spring, 2018.
The Greatest Hits Tour 2018
For our personalized 11th journey to Israel, we have planned an itinerary that will combine the best of the best sites......what I call "THE GREATEST HITS TOUR!"
This 13 day, five star, all-inclusive trip will open your eyes to the Bible like never before. We provide the best sites, hotels, on-site teaching, Israeli tour guide and learning experiences, making for an amazing spiritual journey and lots of fun at the same time. Our group of 25-35 allows for personal touches and wonderful fellowship. Every one of our previous tours have received the highest possible accolades from all our participants.
This will be a unique opportunity to experience the awe of walking where Jesus walked. You will never forget the sites and sounds of the this great country, and you will walk away understanding the Bible in a way you never knew possible. You will forever read the Bible in technicolor after you have been to Israel.
Below is our planned 2018 itinerary, though subject to tweaking until timing finalized. Please prayerfully consider if God would have you visit His land. Contact Debbie for further information.
Day 1: Departure
We will leave Omaha in the afternoon to fly to Tel Aviv. The transatlantic flight will allow us time to prepare spiritually for our journey, to enjoy two complete meals and to rest up for the coming days.
Day 2: Tel Aviv
Our plane arrives at Ben Gurion airport in Israel in the late afternoon. If time allows, we will make a brief stop in Joppa on the way to our hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv. We can enjoying a relaxing stroll on the seashore after dinner and the BEST BUFFET BREAKFAST in Israel the next morning.
Day 3: North and North Central to Tiberius
We begin our first touring day by driving north along the coast to Caesarea (where Peter shared the good news with Cornelius in Acts 10) to explore the theater where Paul preached, the aqueducts and Herod‘s palace. We enjoy a panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley from Mt. Carmel, a peak that can be seen throughout the northern kingdom, which is best know for the location where Elijah slew the Baal prophets [I Kings 18]. A unique ground level view of the Jezreel Valley will be viewed from Megiddo, the strategic location of 25+ civilizations and the location for the final Battle of Armegeddon. We will visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, boyhood city of Jesus, and the Synagogue Church where He preached. We will drive by or stop in Cana, site of Jesus' first miracle, on our way to our high rise hotel in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, where we will spend our next three nights.
Day 4: Sea of Galilee region
Our day begins with an inspirational boat ride on the Sea of Galilee on route to observe the ancient boat from Jesus’ time. We visit the Place of Peter's Primacy, where Jesus called Peter twice to "follow Him," for a wonderful devotion on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In Capernaum, we see the magnificent synagogue and ruins in the city where Jesus spent most of His time. Overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the Mt. of Beatitudes provides another time of reflection on how Jesus calls us to live. After enjoying an authentic St. Peter's fish lunch, we stop at the recent excavations in Magdala, the city of Mary Magdalene, to see the unique Magdala stone and the ruins of a first-century synagogue. We end our day with a panoramic view of the stunning Galilean region from Mt. Arbel. After dinner we can enjoy the quaint city of Tiberius for shopping and meeting new people.
Day 5: Northern Israel
Today we drive northward, stopping at Hazor, one of Solomon's three strategically located chariot cities. We continue to the northernmost city in Israel of Dan to visit the amazing city walls, the pagan altar and the newly excavated northern gate where Abraham would have entered the Promised Land. We can even walk in Israeli bunkers on the Lebanon border. Our next stop is Caesarea Philippi at the foothills of Mt. Herman where the waters flow southward into the Sea of Galilee. It is this city, known for pagan worship to Pan, where Jesus asked Peter, “Who do they say I am?” and later "Who do you say that I am?" On our return to the Sea of Galilee, we stop at Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights, overlooking the Syrian border.
Day 6: Galilee to Dead Sea
As we leave Tiberius, we stop at the magnificent Roman ruins at Beit Shean, decopolis city where the bodies of Saul and his sons were displayed. We then head westward to lap up water at Gideon's Brook at the foot of Mt. Gilboa, as we look across the valley to Mt. Moreh. After an early lunch, we drive south along the Jordan River Valley to the traditional baptismal site of Jesus at Bethany Beyond the Jordan for an opportunity to proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ through a public baptism. After a brief stop in Qumram, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 with original Old Testament scrolls from the first-century, we move on to our luxurious Dead Sea Hotel for the next two nights.
Day 7: Desert
We begin our day with a walk through the nature preserve at Ein Gedi, where David hit from Saul, to see the wild life and waterfalls in the desert. Our final stop of the day affords us time to explore Herod's amazing fortress at Masada overlooking the Negev desert. Upon returning to our hotel in the early afternoon, we will step out to the Dead Sea to enjoy a "swim" in the Dead Sea, where we actually float due to the high mineral content. The rest of the day is open for an optional massage, spa treatment, relaxing by the Dead Sea or a refreshing nap!
Day 8: Central Desert to Jerusalem
We travel through the desert and up the center of Israel today, seeing the well of Abraham at Beersheba, visiting Gezer, another of Solomon's chariot cities, picking up stones in the Valley of Elah where David killed Goliath, driving by the 9/11 Memorial and visiting Ein Karem and the Church of St. John the Baptist. We then prepare our final journey to Jerusalem by reading the Ascent Psalms to prepare our hearts for our time in this Holy City. We observe the city from the hills of Mt. Scopus prior to checking into our beautiful hotel near the Old City.
Day 9: West Bank
We drive north of Jerusalem stopping first at Samuel's Tomb for a panoramic view many Old Testament cities and battle sites. Further north we visit Shiloh, the first "capitol" of Israel where we can actually stand where the Tabernacle and ark was housed for 369 years. Bethel is the first city where Abraham built an altar to the Lord, where Jacob had his dream and where the ark of the covenant stood during the time of Judges. We end our day visiting the Southern Steps of the Temple, the Wailing Wall and the Rabbi's Tunnel under the Wailing Wall.
Days 10: Jerusalem
We start early this morning in order to visit the Temple Mount, current site of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque but original site of the Jewish Temples. Upon exiting the site, we stop at the Pool of Bethsaida, where Jesus healed paralytic and sing a song in St. Anne’s Church, Crusader church built over the traditional site of Mary’s Mother’s death. We begin our journey walking the Via Delarosa, the Way of the Cross, by seeing the Ecco Homo arch [Behold, the Man!], the location of the Roman Praetorian, where Pilate may have held trial, and then the fourteen stations of the cross [9 Biblical and 5 traditional] depicting Jesus walk to Golgotha. The final stations end at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of death and burial of Jesus. We then walk to the Jewish Quarter of the Old City to visit the Broad Wall, built by Hezekiah to protect from Assyrians, the Cardo, the main road/shopping area in original Jerusalem. We board our bus for a stop at the Israel Museum to see the Holyland Model and the Shrine of the Book. Our day ends with a sobering visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum.
Day 11: Jerusalem
Today we focus on the last days of Christ's life. We begin at the Zion Gate of the Old City, seeing the bullet holes from the War of Independence, then move on to the location of the Last Supper [and indwelling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost] in the Upper Room, stopping to see David's Tomb right below it. We walk to Caiphus’ House, where the trial of Jesus took place, in order to see the dungeon where He was placed, the courtyard of Peter's denied Him and the original steps He would have walked to this house. We take our bus to the top of the Mt. of Olives, where we pray at the Church of the Ascension and stop at the Mt. of Olives for camel rides, group picture and teaching/overview understanding the history and locations we are seeing. We walk down the Palm Sunday Road, stopping to at the Church of Pater Noster, where Jesus taught the Our Father prayer, Dominos Flavius Church, built where Jesus wept over city, Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus' final prayers where we enjoy teaching and reflection, and the Church of All Nations. After lunch and some free time in the Old City, we end our day at the Garden Tomb next to Golgotha, a more reverential possible location for Christ's crucifixion and burial, where we are reminded of the importance of the gospel message and our hope of resurrection.
Day 12: Jerusalem
We travel to Bethlehem today, seeing the Church of the Nativity built over the site where Christ was born, and the Church of St. Catherine's next door, before having the opportunity to purchase genuine olive word souvenirs at a local Christian shop. We will visit any sites that may have been missed due to time constraints before we have the afternoon free for lunch, shopping, or optional lingering at sites such as the Third Temple Museum, David's Citadel Museum or back to the Israeli Museum. We enjoy our farewell dinner in the outskirts of Jerusalem at Abu Gosh [Kiriath Jearim in Biblical times] before transferring to the airport for our late night flight back to the USA.
Day 13: Return Home
We arrive early in the United States where we clear customs prior to our non-stop flight to Omaha. It is on these flights that we finally are able to sit back and absorb all the amazing sights, sounds, new friends and spiritual adventures of this journey of a lifetime.
Special Features of Our Tours
- Experience or drive by over 75 of the best Biblical and historic sites in Israel
- Daily on-site Bible teaching
- High quality 5 star hotel accommodations
- Licenses professional tour guides in all countries
- Whisper devices throughout Israel to hear the information
- Group airline departure from Omaha (other cities available)
- All transportation, hotels, meals, taxes, tips and additional expenses included except lunches, beverages, personal items [no hidden costs or extra fees].
- Personalized trip designed with your spiritual enjoyment in mind
- Intimate group of 25-35 people
- Transportation in economy class on major airline and by deluxe private motor coach with wifi
- Lots of fun, personal attention and fellowship with an intimate group.
This itinerary is subject to change should time constraints or the comfort and well being of passengers warrant it. The tours are coordinated by Living Word Tours of Living Word, Inc.
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem…” Matthew 20:18